HOQUIAM – Routine inspections of the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge have been completed a day earlier than scheduled, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The work and closures were originally scheduled to continue through Wednesday. With the inspection completed early, the closure is no longer necessary. The Simpson Avenue Bridge has reopened to traffic and the nearby Riverside Bridge, which was used as a two-way detour during the work, has been returned to its one-way configuration.
Monday and Tuesday, WSDOT crews performed inspections on the 1927 structure that focused on the bridge’s piers and supports, beams and rails, and roadway deck and superstructure. Bridge crews repeat this inspection every two years.
Here is a brief history of the Simpson Avenue bridge and highlights the innovative work the WSDOT bridge crews did to repair the bridge with minimal cost and impact to the traveling public.